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"Discovery within a Week" in London celebrates its success!

The discovery of four new variable stars by the children of Hammersmith school has already been in our news. Pupils of UCL Academy have achieved similar result, having discovered five previously unknown stars in Libra constellation. And the most interesting fact is that they found objects of four different types in one field! Two stars belong to the abundant eclipsing variables of W UMa type, with one of them having a very short period for these stars: 0.219 d (5.25 hr). Another star is a pulsating variable of RR Lyrae type (RRC). The fourth new variable is a flaring red dwarf similar to UV Ceti kind, discovered by blink-compariing the images.

Finally, the fifth star has the shortest period among all variable stars discovered so far in the course of our project. This is the pulsating star of delta Scuti type (HADS) with a huge amplitude for that object of 1.2 magnitude and a period of only 1.82 hr! We have not found stars with a variability that fast so far.

At the official closing ceremony for the project in London all young discoverers received diplomas and souvenirs from Noosfera Foundation's director, Sofia Arzumanyan. But the project itself is not over! The newly found objects are awaiting their registration in the Variable Star Index (VSX). And meanwhile we are already preparing new images in other constellations for the next group of schoolchildren who will be searching for new stars in the summer science camp near Moscow in August. New discoveries are in the offing!


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